Netbooks from Asus, MSI, and Hello Kitty: The week in laptops

Another round of minilaptops, this time from Asus, MSI, and Dell. Also, an HP multitouch laptop and checkpoint-friendly bags. It's the week in laptops!

Eee PC 1002HA

After a brief respite, Netbooks came to the foreground again this week. Virtual unknown Raon Digital grabbed everyone's attention with the dual-core, touch-screen Everun Note . Asus showed off its new brushed-metal design with the Eee PC 1002HA (pictured at right). And Dell launched new colors and graphic designs for the Inspiron Mini 9.

Meanwhile, a new iteration of MSI's Netbook was spotted on display in China. The company followed up with an official announcement of the Wind U120 . No word yet on pricing or availability, though the Netbook should be on display at CES 2009.

The final minilaptop of note is so costly it's hardly a Netbook at all: the ubermenacing, $890 Hello Kitty C1 .

In other news, HP launched the first multitouch consumer laptop, the 12.1-inch TouchSmart tx2 ; Samsung began mass-producing 256GB solid-state drives; and we found another laptop sleeve styled like an interdepartmental envelope.

Also, with Thanksgiving in the U.S. next week, we Cravers took a moment to reflect on which gadgets we're most thankful for. Turns out we're a grateful bunch; the story had to be broken into two parts. Read Part 1 and Part 2 , and don't forget to tell us what gadget will be counted among your Thanksgiving blessings.

And finally, if you've got a frequent flier on your gift list this holiday season, check out our roundup of checkpoint-friendly computer bags.

Have a great weekend!

About the author

    Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.


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